Machinery Utilized For Woodworking

by Owen Jones | 13th March 2011

If you would like to make any furniture for your house or if you want to start manufacturing your own wooden items for sale as a business, then you will require some wood working equipment. There are innumerable items of machinery for wood working and I will list some of the most common of them hereunder.

Belt Sander: a belt sander removes the surface layers on timber and other materials very quickly, because the sandpaper is in a belt drive similar to a tank track and turns rapidly. Use coarse paper to get rid of paint and varnish, use finer papers to smooth wood off. They are electrically powered.

Circular Saw: the circular saw is a very powerful, hand-held power saw. There are different blades for different kinds of tasks. Some give a rough, but fast cut; others are for finer work. The circular saw can be electrically or petrol powered.

Power Drill: power drills for wood working jobs do not need a hammer facility, but if you are going to buy a good power drill, you might as well get a hammer drill. The ‘hammer’ feature of the drill is utilized for drilling into concrete, so it is handy for fixing gate posts etc.

Jig Saw: a jig saw can be hand held or bench fitted. The smaller, electric jig saw is perfect for cutting out irregular shapes, as the name suggests. They do not cut quickly so do not force them, but it is vital to use the correct blade. Although there is a ‘universal’ blade too, it is better to use the right blade for the job.

Router: the router puts an edge on a piece of timber. They can be fitted with different revolving, cutting bits to produce different types of beveled edges.

Nail Gun: nail guns use either electricity or explosive charges to fire nails into matter in one squeeze of a trigger. Nail guns can fire various sized nails to different depths with the appropriate strength of charge. They are excellent for repetitive jobs like roofing, plaster boarding and framing.

Electric Screwdriver: there are all the different sized bits you would expect to fit the different kinds and sizes of screws. The electric screwdriver is also perfect for repetitive tasks. Screws are fixed very quickly with next to no effort on behalf of the operator.

Electronic Wire Finder: these little devices are really useful if you are working in a house you do not know. They will help you find hidden wires and timbers. The former to avoid and the latter to put a nail or screw into. It is very useful for hanging pictures and shelves on dry-lined walls.

There are quite a few other portable power tools used in wood working, but these are the most popular by far. Twenty years ago, the electric tools in this list would have been driven by mains electricity, but these days most of these tools are rechargeable. If you buy your tools from one manufacturer, you will probably find that the batteries are transposable, which makes recharging a lot simpler.

Owen Jones, the writer of this piece, writes on many topics, but is currently involved with a favourite subject, cabinet woodworking plans. If you are interested in Desk Woodworking Plans, please click through to our site, where we have 14,000 wood working plans.

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